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Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary heart disease affects over 16 million people in the United States alone and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Indiana University Health Heart & Vascular physicians provide lifesaving care for this condition every day, giving hope and better heart health to thousands of patients.

When you have coronary artery disease, a fatty substance called plaque builds up in the arteries around the heart. This causes the arteries to narrow, reducing blood flow to the heart muscle. Sometimes this reduced blood flow causes angina, which is severe chest pain. It can also cause shortness of breath, fatigue or dizziness.

If the blood flow to your heart is too little, the heart muscle begins to die and you have a heart attack. If you think you are having a heart attack, get to a hospital as quickly as possible for treatment.

You can reduce your risk for coronary heart disease by practicing heart healthy habits, such as:

  • Eat low fat, low sodium foods as well as plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Get 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week.
  • Stay at a healthy body mass index (BMI). You can calculate your BMI online.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Manage any conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol well.

If you experience the signs of coronary heart disease, contact your physician immediately. Many people ignore these symptoms and put their lives at risk. Catching the condition early can prevent a heart attack, and allow for less invasive treatment options that offer quicker recovery times, less pain and fewer risks of blood loss or infection.

IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians provide lifesaving care for heart disease to more patients than any other health system in the state of Indiana. Our physicians have years of experience treating complex heart disease and offering advanced treatment options. Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we are at the forefront of heart disease research so you receive high quality, leading edge care.

How We Can Help

Coronary Artery Disease Treatment Information

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